Back to the Basics (This is short)


IMG_6756Getting back to the foundation of this blog. Living Primitively Optimistic means no matter what has happened or what is happening, the future is a shining light right in front of you! I am not saying this is easy, but I am saying it’s a choice and behavior.

Why is it primitive? Because I believe that optimism and pessimism are learned traits that can be traced back to an event in your life. It is never too late to recalibrate your Optimism/Pessimism scale.

Pessimistic behavior may lead you to giving up. While Optimistic behavior wil inspire you to continue to push on. Easy way or the Fulfilling way? It’s entirely up to you.

Here’s my suggestion for transforming pessimism to optimism. It is going to be very short and vague, but there is a lot to it and I am more than happy to write a series or speak with you personally.

Getting to it: I invite you to trace back to when you felt a sense of optimism. Hold onto that feeling. Now go back to when you first became aware of your first draw to be pessimistic. Do you remember that event? Do you remember the outcome? Can you replay that event in your head? If you can, then can you forgive the event. Release the pessimistic behavior that it left you with. Replace that behavior with the feeling of optimism, excited for upcoming events, new opportunities (big and small). Confidently knowing that if it doesn’t play out as you had intended, you’ll have learned what may have gotten in the way and be able to shift your tactics to get the outcome you desire for future opportunities.

I am aware that I over simplified it. If you make an attempt at doing this you might find it more challenging than expected and that’s ok. I never said it would be easy, I said it would be fulfilling. It is merely a suggestion and my experience with this method was the original source of this blog.

If you have other techniques or experiences, please feel free to share them in the comments. I’d love to highlight them in a future blog.

I’ve provided a contact form below if you feel inspired to dive deeper into your own experiences or would like me to speak at an event.

Published by: Coach DanielH

Daniel Heller is a strength and conditioning coach, working in the field since 2007 where he began as an intern at Hope’s Gym in Monroe, Washington. In 2009, a month after graduating from Bastyr University, Daniel became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Since then, he has served as a strength and conditioning coach in the private sector, helping athletes from youth through college level in ice hockey, figure skating, mountain biking, football, and motocross. He works closely with each athlete’s physical therapists and doctors to ensure safety and performance improvement. In 2013, Daniel received the designation of Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the NSCA. On the side Daniel was the exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology consultant for the Advanced Products Development Team at Oakley Inc. He is the Cofounder and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Seattle Institute of Athletic Performance providing Functional Movement Screens, corrective exercises, athletic performance programs, as well as educating athletes and parents on the importance of Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) and practice of heads up sports. Daniel’s passion for strength and conditioning stems from his days as a competitive ice hockey player and mountain biker, aside from the many recreational sports he participates in. He is the true strength & conditioning coach for competitive youths aiming for long careers as athletes but also the weekend warriors that train during the week to stay safe on the weekends. In 2015, Daniel took a year break from coaching in Seattle, Washington to pursue his dream of acquiring a masters degree. He returned to Seattle in September 2016 with a Masters of Science in Strength & Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh after living in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year. By immersing himself in the cycling community of Scotland, he was inspired to focus his dissertation on competitive cyclists from varying disciplines where he researched a potential method of improving stationary sprint start performance. He is excited to return to coaching mountain biking combining his childhood passion with his academic and applied expertise.

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